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Stampede in the City

Stampede in the City



Calgary Stampede 2010 media guide, Stampede in the City section.

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    Stampede in the City Stampede in the City Document Transcript

    • S TA M P E D E I N T H E C I T Y The citizens of Calgary get behind the Calgary Stampede in a big way each July by organizing events, decorating offices and storefronts and dressing up western. They also welcome family, friends and visitors to Calgary with old-fashioned hospitality and western values while participating at the many Stampede activities on Park, as well as throughout the city. No matter where you find yourself in Calgary in early July, you’ll be hard-pressed not to know it’s Stampede! PROMISE TO BE LEGENDARY – THE 2010 CALGARY STAMPEDE PARADE On Friday, July 9, 2010, promise to be legendary with the Calgary Stampede Parade. Prelude entertainment begins at 7:30 a.m. and the main Parade begins at 8:55 a.m. The inaugural Calgary Stampede Parade held on Labour Day in 1912 was described by the Calgary Herald as “the grandest pageant in all history,” featuring 3,000 participants and 80,000 spectators along Calgary’s downtown streets. Today’s parade is the ultimate kick off to the Calgary Stampede Parade, boasting 4,000 people in 260 different colourful entries – from floats to marching bands to horse-mounted colour parties. Parade day sees more than 350,000 live spectators flock to the route along 6th and 9th Avenues southwest, and broadcasts the fun on CBC. Fans young and old are treated to a unique show featuring over 750 horses, dozens of colourful floats and the music of numerous marching bands. Some exciting cultural entries this year include the Consulate of Mexico celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial, and last year’s best entry winner, the ever-popular dancers from the Calgary Brazilian Association. The parade is coordinated and carried out each year by a group about 130 dedicated volunteers that make up the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee – one of the Calgary Stampede’s 55 volunteer committees. Parade Route And Details Beginning at 8:55 am the parade takes approximately two hours to pass any given point on the route. After “forming up” at Fort Calgary, it begins at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E. and travels west to 10th Street S.W. It then travels south to 9th Avenue and then east to 4th Street S.E., making a 4.5 kilometre loop through downtown Calgary. More than 80 percent of the route is left for free, unreserved, first-come-first-served seating, making the parade a great way to enjoy inexpensive family fun. Roads and transit in downtown Calgary are closed on Parade Day beginning at 7:30 a.m. Until the parade begins at 8:55 a.m., the Parade Prelude offers a diverse mix of on-street entertainers like fiddlers, gymnasts, clowns and dancers who perform for excited spectators. STAMPEDE IN THE CITY 21
    • Media Viewing Area Media are invited to view and cover the Parade from any location along the Parade Route, however, if they wish to observe the Parade from a single location media will find not only a prime, reserved spot from which to watch, but also refreshments and access to detailed Parade information. The viewing area is on the south side of 9 Avenue S.W. To RSVP, contact Doug Fraser at 403.261.0242 or 403.585.3376 Parade Telecast Stampede Parade coverage begins on Friday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. MT on CBC Television. The Calgary Stampede Parade will also be available live at 9:30 a.m. MT on bold, and streamed live on CBCSports.ca. For More Information Visit the Parade’s media centre at www.calgarystampedeparade.com for route maps, media fact sheets, images from past Parades and more. For more information, contact Darcie Todd at 403.921.9825. WESTERN WELCOMES From Wednesday, July 7 to Thursday, July 15, the colour and excitement of the Calgary Stampede begins the moment passengers arrive at the Calgary International Airport. Promotion committee volunteers welcome visitors to Calgary with a Stampede greeting, an invitation to visit the Calgary Stampede, daily event information and lots of country music and entertainment. Promotion committee volunteers can also be found at many Stampede events on and off Stampede Park during the 10-day event. Volunteers can be found at many breakfasts and community events, riding the Rocky Mountaineer train from Banff to Calgary, and around Calgary and recognizing people for wearing cowboy hats. Community Western Spirit Throughout the 10-days of Stampede, members of the Promotion committee seek out and thank local businesses for their efforts to promote our Western Spirit. They present a plaque to each store or business that has made an effort to decorate their facilities. Harry the Horse Harry the Horse is the official mascot and ambassador of the Calgary Stampede. He is a common sight in and around Calgary throughout the 10-days. You will find him meeting, greeting and delighting children of all ages. CARAVAN BREAKFASTS Free pancake breakfasts daily from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Shopping malls all over Calgary host Calgary Stampede Caravan Breakfasts throughout Stampede week. These popular and free breakfasts offer a great opportunity for family and friends to experience the flavour of a traditional Stampede Pancake breakfast. They’re made possible through partnerships and donations by many of Calgary’s local merchants and businesses. STAMPEDE IN THE CITY 22
    • The Caravan breakfasts include live western bands, visiting marching bands, traditional native dancers as well as appearances by the Stampede Queen and Princesses, visiting dignitaries and celebrity guests. The children love the petting zoo and the pony rides in the corral, plus games, air brush tattoos, prizes and more. Rain or shine, it’s a great way to kick off your day during the Stampede! Saturday, July 10 Marlborough Mall; West Market Square Monday, July 12 CrossIron Mills; North Hill Centre Tuesday, July 13 Market Mall; Douglas Square Wednesday, July 14 Southcentre Mall; Dalhousie Station Thursday, July 15 Northland Village; Southland Leisure Centre Friday, July 16 Sunridge Mall ; Britannia Plaza Saturday, July 17 Coventry Hills Centre; Deer Valley Shopping Centre DOWNTOWN ATTRACTIONS www.stampede-downtownattractions.com Start Stampede Downtown! Saturday, July 10; Monday to Saturday, July 12 to 17 All Downtown Attractions entertainment and activities are free. Fluor Rope Square Olympic Plaza (corner of 7th Avenue and Macleod Trail S.E.) 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fluor Rope Square presents marching bands, dancers, singers, fiddlers, clowns, friendly mascots and even an old-fashioned gunfight. You could be invited to compete in the Lammle’s World Championship Hat Stomping Contest, the Great Western Flapjack Flip, or be sworn in as an honourary Calgarian. The Stampede Queen and Princesses make guest appearances in addition to other visiting dignitaries and celebrity guests. Don’t forget to enter the Daily Prize Draw. Just look for Jake, the giant cowboy and his gal Jacki, welcoming you to the Fluor Rope Square “saddle stage”. You can’t miss him – he’s 28 feet tall! First Nations People Fluor Rope Square Members of the five tribes of Treaty 7, dressed in traditional regalia, proudly share their heritage and culture through dance, music and commentaries. Come join them in the Friendship Dance, weather permitting. STAMPEDE IN THE CITY 23
    • Chuckwagon Breakfasts Fluor Rope Square 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Get your smokies and your flapjacks and bacon hot off the griddles from the back of the authentic GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagons at Fluor Rope Square. Fluor Old Time Rigs Tour downtown Calgary in a horse-drawn old time rig and enjoy a free pancake breakfast along the way. Meet our volunteers at the north-east corner of Fluor Rope Square across from City Hall. A limited number of free tickets are distributed to passengers each day on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. Be sure to arrive early, the wagons fill quickly. Ticket holders are then escorted from Fluor Rope Square at 9:30 a.m. to the departure point on 9th Avenue and 1st Street S.W. (EnCana Place across from the Palliser Hotel). The tour leaves at 10 a.m. and takes approximately one hour. Rig passengers are welcome to stay on board all the way to Stampede Park and will be dropped off at Olympic Gate. This event is not wheelchair accessible. Square Dancing Stephen Avenue Walk 10 a.m. to noon Kick up your heels and join us at Stephen Avenue Walk between Centre and 1st Street S.W. Experience isn’t necessary. With the help of our Fluor Square Dancers, anyone can learn to dance. f u n fac t : The first Parade was held in 1912 on 8th Avenue. The procession included 3,000 people and stretched for miles. Parade participants included 1,500 representatives of the six tribes of Plains Indians, cowboys, buffalo and bull trains, miners, fur traders and the Royal North West Mounted Police. STAMPEDE IN THE CITY 24